What to Know if You Were Injured During the Holidays

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Although the winter holidays provide a much-needed break every year, as well as an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones, they’re also one of the most dangerous times of the year. All that festive spirit often coincides with alcohol, and the combination of alcohol and winter weather can lead to a wide variety of accidents, including car wrecks, falls, and assault.

As this blog explores, the individuals who sustain injuries during the holidays can often sue for damages, covering medical bills, loss of work, and other damages. If you were injured and it wasn’t your fault, it’s likely that the person who caused the injury is legally and financially liable.

In some cases, the pervasiveness of alcohol consumption during the holidays can make establishing fault complex. This is because of the concept of comparative fault, or the idea that if you bear some responsibility for the injury (like consuming alcohol) then you can’t place 100% of the blame on another person or business, even if they would normally be liable for your injury.

For example, if you slip on the ice outside a bar after drinking, the bar owner is still responsible for clearing the ice and can be required to pay damages, but the amount of the damages will likely be adjusted based on how much your alcohol consumption contributed to the fall.

Of course, injuries that are caused by a car or pedestrian being hit by a drunk driver, or by someone who gets drunk and starts a physical fight, are entirely the responsibility of the person at fault. Even so, the value of the damages the injured party can recover depends a lot on the tenacity and skill of their attorney.

Experienced personal injury lawyers tend to reach significantly higher settlements, and speaking to one in the aftermath of an injury can help you to understand the viability of your case and the damages you will likely be able to seek.